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 v. __  *J A  {^fy^MA^lAA  THE TRIBUNE   IS TIIK  OLDEST  NEWSPAPER  PRINTED   IN  THE  KOOTENAYS  Saturday, October 31, 1903  NKLSON  IS THE TRADE CENTER OF SOUTHEASTERN BRITISH COLUMBIA  ITU-    I  HOW CAN BRITISH COLUMBIA EXBECT TO GET STABLE GOVERNMENT  Facts in Connection With an  Act of Trickery and Treachery to a Member-Eleet of  the Legislative Assembly.  The turning down of John Houston, M.P.P. of Nelson City  riding, by premier McBride, under shelter of. the wing of lieutenant-governor J0I3', has been a live question in Nelson for a  week. Mr. Houston returned to Nelsou on Sunday night. He  consulted with his friends, but refused to make, any statement  for publication, after seeing how unfairly a brief statement he  .had made to a Vancouver World reporter had been mangled.  He,stated to his friends the reasons giveii by, premier McBride  for/his being turned down, and until McBride's statement could  be verified by'the lieutenant-governor himself, he or the}**" could  not do anything. On Tuesdajr morning Mr. Houston received  the letter from the lieutenant-governor, whicli is printed elsewhere, and his friends acted promptly. His campaign committee to the number of over forty met on Tuesda}'- night. William  Irvine occupied the chair and stated the object of the meeting.  A number of speeches were made and the following resolutions  were passed unanimously:  Resolved, that we have the fullest confidence in  John Houstou, the member for'Nelson City, and  we give him a free hand to; act as.-he deems best,  believiug  he  has   been   most unfairly- treated by  . the lieutenant-governor, and that premier McBride  is censurable for allowing the lieutenant-governor  to usurp his (McBride's) constitutional rights.  .   .   Further resolved, that the mayor be requested������ ,  to   call  a- public  meeting at the opera, 'hquse on*, ..;���;:, y^y  Thursday "night, iii order that the people of Nelson shall have an opportunity of giving expression  to their views on the action of the lieutenant-governor  in   objecting  to  John   Houston becoming a  'member of the government of British Columbia.  **"* Resolved, that  these  resolutions  be  wired  to  premier McBride.  The next day a well-signed requisition was presented mayor  Rose, and he in accordance with the requisition called a public  meeting for Thursday night, the notice appearing in the Nelson  Dairy News. No other notice of the meeting was given and no  effort was made to bring out a crowd. On Thursday night between 400 and 500 people assembled in the opera house. Ma3'or  Rose called the meeting to order, and stated his reasons for  calling the meeting.    He then asked Mr. Houston, who was in  the audience, to take the platform, which he did, receiving most  hearty applause as he did so.    He said:  Mr. Mayor nnd Fellow-Citizens: It is  uot long since tlie two political parties in  this province bad a more or less heated  campaign for supremacy, aud one of tlie  results of tho campaign was my election  as 11 representative iu the legislative assembly for Nelson. I believe my election  wns somewhat of a surprise; but it must  be conceded that tho majority of the peoplo of Nelson preferred me to my opponent.  After the iight was won, my supporters  and friends believed Nelson was fairly cn-  titled to some of thc fruits of tho victory  I hnd helped win. I hold tlie honorable  position of president of tlie Liberal-Conservative Union of British Columbia, a  position which came to mo unanimously.  This shows that I am at least a captain in  the Liberal.Conservative party, and my  election shows that I am a captain who  can lead tho forces under my command  successfully, therefore I was fairly entitled to preferment.  I left Nelson for Victoria, arriving thero  on tlie Thursday following tbe election.  I called on premier McBride nt his oflice,  and he was apparently glad to see me.  He congratulated me on my victory, and  said it entitled me to recognition from  the party, for had it not been for me the  party would have been defeated, and that  lie was px-epared to give me the recognition I had won. ' I made no demand on  him at that time or at any other timo. I  say this emphatically, because of the  statements published iu the newspapers  day after day that I was in Victoria holding a gun to McBride's head. McBride  led. me to believe that I was to be taken in  the government, and so confident was I  of this that at the end of the interview I  wired to the president of the Nelson Liberal-Conservative Association to-keep the  machine iu good running order, for my  acceptance of offlce meant a bye-election.  At the premier's request, I had another  interview with him on the next day, at  which it was practically settled that I  should be made chief' commissioner of  lands and works. I wns told that one  policy of the government would be retrenchment in all the departments, nnd  tli i it a saving of $4000 a year could be  made by combining the provincial secre  tary and mines departments. I informed  the premier thnt I was in thorough accord with that policy; aud right hero I  may say that in every speech I made during the campaign, both in this opera house  and in thc Liberal-Conservative committee  room, I advocated retrenchment as the  only way in which tho credit of the province could bo restored and mado good.  [Applause.] Premier McBride informed  me that he intended to take the attorncy-  generalship himself, as it was deemed  best to open ouly one seat at present.  The result of that interview wns such  thnt, on leaving tlie premier's ollice, 1  went to tlie otlico of the minister of mines.  Mr. Green hnd done mo ninny nets of  kindness in the iiftecn years wc liad been  acquainted, nud I felt his good offices  would not come amiss. My reception,  however, was not ns cordial ns I had expected, and on telling him Kooteuay could  land another portfolio with his assistance,  he turned iu his chair and said he would  be frank with me; that I had not treated  him right in The Tribune during the campaign. Other charges, and explanations  followed,-and I lefthis ollice feeling that  he was distinctly hostile. I thought first  I would write to premier McBride, as  Green and, I believed, other ministers  were hostile to me, that it 'would be best  for the success of the government and the  party that I give way to someone else who  could work iu harmony with all the ministers. Instead of writing the letter, I  went to McBride's office. He was not in,  but I found him in the Library. I told  him he was at liberty to take back everything he had promised; that I did not  want to become a member of the government unless I could work in harmony  with its members; that friction and lack  of harmony amoug members had wrecked  tho Semlin government; thnt I did not  wish to cause friction iu his government.  McBride asked mc what was the matter.  I told him of the interview I had hnd witli  Green. He replied, "O, don't mind  Green, he is billions." He Hum said, the  selection of his associates in the government rested solely with himself;. that  none of tho other ministers had anything  to do with it; that he alone dealt with  tho governor. I again said if my being  tuken into the government meant friction  thnt I would rather stay out, and that he  could depend on me giving his government loyal support. He assured mc everything would be nil right and that there  would be no trouble.  On the following Wednesday I again  hnd an interview with tho premier, at his  request, when tho ground gone over at  previous interviews was gone over again.  Questions of party policy were discussed,  aud amoug other things he said Tatlow  had gone out of town so as not to sign  checks. This I now know to be a misstatement, for Tatlow at that time was in  Ashcroft, or on the Cariboo road, negotiating for the opening of Lillooet by securing tho resignation of McDonald, the  member-elect, in ox-der to get a constituency for McPhillips, the defeated attorney-general. The next day I had another  interview with the premier regarding a  wagon road near Nelson, on which work  had been suspended. In fact, work had  been .ordered stopped on all roads and  ��� trails throughout the province. The result .of that interview was that work was  ordered resumed on the wagon road in  question, not only because the road was  actually iieeded, but because of the influence the resumption of work inight  have on tho bye-election.  On Friday the premier became ill, and  was not again at his office until the follow Thursday. However, I saw him three  times at his residence, and on each occasion tho impressions of former interviews  were confirmed by his assurances and  general talk.  On .Thursday of last week I met him by  appointment. He told me he had been  sent for from Government House,' and  that he would have, to go there and see  the governor. Before leaving he told me  to remain at his office until he returned.  On his return, he said the governor had  intimated that he must fill his cabinet;  that he intended' doing so, and that he  would immediately ask for the resignations of McPhillips and Goodeve. Before  closing the interview he said: "I will lay  my full programme before the governor  tomorrow forenoon, aiid put'on end to the  uncertainty that now exists."    *  The next day at one o'clock I called on  the premier at his office. He said: "I  submitted your name this morning to the  governor, and he did not approve of your  becoming a member of the government."  I asked if he had given any reason, and  McBride said, "No." I then said I would  go home, resign.my seat, and leave the  province, for if I was not fit- to associate  with him (McBride) I was not fit to associate with decent nien. MeBride's one  concern seemed Jo be, ;\vh tit.would become,  of him aud"his~g6veriixiient, as niy resig:  nation would mean its defeat. He said:.  "Don't resign, and at the end of the session I may be able to get yon in thc government." This appeared so ridiculous a  statement that I left his office, and  haven't seen McBride since.  - At first I felt as I imagine a man must  feel on being released from seizing a term  in a penitentiary.' I felt as if I could not  look decent men iu the face, imagining  they knew of my disgrace. However,  that feeling did not last. I am not a  Christian. When slapped on one cheek I  do not turn the other to be slapped. When  slapped, I do my best to reach the other  fellow's face. I did.not know whether  McBride had told me the truth, and to  find out I wrote the following letter to  the lieutenant-governor:  The Duiaud Hotel.  Victoiua, October 23, 1903.  Sir,���Premier McBride has just informed me that he submitted my name to you  this morning for member of the executive  council, and that you objected to me being  a member of his government. If it is not  =asking'-too=muchf'l7WOuid=ilikeato--kuownf-=  I have beeu told the truth. If it is the  truth, thou the people of the city of Nelson have been slapped in the face, and I  will be compelled to leave Bx'itish Columbia, for if I am unworthy to administer a  department of the provincial government,  I am equally unworthy of sitting a.s a  member of the legislature. The people of  Nelson have honored me three times by  electing me mayor, aud twice by electing  me to the legislature, but I am ashamed  today to hold my head up on the street.  My address is Nelson, B.C.   Respectfully,  JOHN   HOUSTON.  Sir Henri Joly dc Lotbiniere,Victoria, B.C.  In reply tho following letter was received on Tuesday last:  AT (iOVICKNMK.NT  HOUSI*,  Victoria, October 2-Iih, l!)0*i.  John Houston. Esq., M.P.P., Nelson, B.C.  Sir,���I have received your letter of j'es-  tei'day, inquiring if it is true that I have  objected to your being made a member of  the Hon. Mr. McBride's government. It  is true. I objected ou account of the unfortunate incident of last session wheu  you forgot what was due to the legislative  assembly as well as to yourself in your responsible position. There wns no intention on my part to insult either your constituents or yourself, as, to judge by your  letter, you appear to think. I considered  that I had a duty to perform, I may add,  a painful duty, and I performed it. I am  your obedient servant,  H. G. JOLY de LOTBINIERE.  Evidently the lieutenant-governor knew  little of the (what I believe to be trumped-  up) reasons he gave for turning mo down.  Had ho been posted he would not have  written as he did: There was no "unfortunate incident" at the last session, for  surely even sir Henri Joly will not hold  that calling Albert Edward McPhillips a  dimmed fool is a good reason for blackening a man's reputation for life. I may  have called McPhillips a damned fool,  and if I did I came pretty near the truth.  The "unfortnuato incident" to which I  believe the governor refers occurred at the  session beforo the last. It was the occasion when I defied tlie speaker. It was  said [ was drunk at the time. That  statement is nut true. I will admit 1 may  have hud fimr or five good-sized jolts tit'  Scotch, nud may have been under their influence.   On that occasion McBride, who  is now premier, was leader of the opposition nnd had the floor. Tlie speaker had repeatedly warned him to speak to the question* under discussion, -warnings which if  made three times required the member so  warned to tako his seat. McBride, ns was  usual with him, paid no heed to the warnings, and the speaker, who is a good-natured old gentleman, let' thiugs drift. I  raised a point of oilier, and' after stating  it to the speaker (that!McBride was not  speaking to the question) was told that  my point was not vrell tfjken. I took my  seat, and in a miniate of two again made  an attempt.' I was^ again told to take my  seat by the speaker,-as my point of order  was not well taken? I did so, but was on  my feet again in a"few iiiinutes, and this  time when told to take niy seat, I defied  the speaker, and inV so 'doing said I was  willing to shoulder-any'bdinni that might  attach for my action; tliiit I believed the  obstruction tacticsTof fiMcBride and his  followers were hurting the province, and  that the speaker was blaiiieable for not enforcing his own rulings] I was neither  reprimanded nor asked to apoligize either  to the house or to tlje speaker, so I think  the lieutenant-govewior]hasgone out of his  way to : even refer,-, to jan incident with  which he had no concern. Were he to  jig up every member who takes too much  Scotch, the house \\*6uldpf ten be left without a quorum:    ...'���'-. .   ',  If the people of Nelson say I have acted  wrongly, my resignation will be on the  speaker's desk when the house opens. If  they say I have acted unmanly or unfairly at any time since October 3rd, I will  leave the province tomorrow.  Mr. Houston took liis seat amid applause that could only have onemeaning,  and that meaning,'':''We, the people of  Nelson here assembled in public meeting,  have entire confidence in you."  The mayor, who was presiding, said  "that having heard '���Mr.-; ��� Houston's statement the question yyas7open for discussion. Fred Smith rcise,; and after making  a short speech moved this following resolutions: . **   .'���"  Whereas, at the general election held  pn the third of this Jboiitli-j John Houston  was elected by a majority" vote to represent Nelson City electoral district in the  legislative assemblyjand* having sat in a  previous legislature^ylie ''was deemed by  the electors of Nelson'as a'man capable of  taking charge of at/'department of the  provincial governu_pntv as a responsible  minister, and he wa$ urged, to present his  claims for recognition-; and  ��� Whereas, he proceeded to Victoria in  accordance with:the| wishes of his supporters, and in an-interview with the pre-  . mieo*. he.was.iuforu&dShafcthe; party-awed,  him recognition, and'that he (thepremier)  was prepared to take him into the government as one of the -ministers; aud  Whereas, the premier did submit Mr.  Houston's name to the lieutenant-governor for appointment as a' responsible minister; and 1 '    *  Whereas, the lieutenant-governor objected to Mr. Houston becoming one of  his advisors, giviug an incident that had  occurred in a legislature that has' passed  put of existence as the reason for his objection ; therefore be it  Resolved, that we, the people of Nelson,  iu public meeting assembled, protest  against this action of the lieutenant-governor, in denying to a representative  elected by the people a right accorded him  under constitutional government; and be  it further  Resolved, that we deplore the fact that  British Columbia has as premier a man  who allowed the lieutenant-governor to  reject his advice without resenting it by  tendering him his resignation;  Resolved, that copies of these resolutions  be forwarded to the lieatenant-governor,  "thepremierrand-to^sir^Wilfred^Laurierr  premier of Canada.  The resolutions were read and on being  seconded by John H. Matheson, the mayor declared them open for discussion.  Calls were made for S. S. Taylor, and he  took the platform. He said he-was the  first man to congratulate Mr. Houston on  his election, and he would have congratulated him had he returned to Nelson a  member of the government. While a  member of the party opposed to the party  of which Mr. Houston is a loader, he  therefore could not agree with him in all  things. He was forced to admit that the  treatment accorded to Mr. Houston by  premier McBride wus such ns to prove  thnt the premier was not a manly .man,  bul he did not believe the people of Nelson should bo n-iked to censure that honorablo gentleman, sir Henri Joly, for the  part he had played in the matter. The  lieutenant-governor was too honorable a  man to lend himself to an unworthy action.  Mr. Taylor's remarks were in effect:  Condemn McBride, the Conservative, but  spare Joly, thc Liberal. Before the resolutions were put. Mr. Taylor, from his  seat in the audience, suggested that the  resolution protesting against thc lieutenant governor be cut oat, aud the other  resolutions would then be supported by  himself and others.  AV. A. Macdonald followed Taylor, and  beforo he got through he was unmercifully guyed by I lie audience. Macdonald  claims to be a Conservative of Conservatives ; oue of'the pure breed; so pure that  he at no time can stomach anything but  straight Conservative doctrine and pnp.  He criticized Houston for daring to attack  McBride, thc leader of the great Conservative party, a gentleman who wns not  present to defend himself. He intimated  that it would be all right to condemn the  lieiiteuant-goveriinr, but for Conservatives to censure .McBride for turning  down a mnn like Houston was absurd. If  Houston was a i'uiiservutivo ho should  take his medicine and like it. Macdonald  took his seat in ih" audience without receiving the applause he expected, and for  tho rest of tlie eviiing he looked us if he  had messed sonuiiiiug.  F. J. Deaue wi.s railed for nud he took  the platform. He started in by saying  that tho stateme'it made by Mr. Hons on,  if true, proved . i--Bride to be a dishonor  able man, one unfit to be premier of the  province. He then switched and said tho  people of Nelsou would make a great mistake and would stultify themselves if they  passed a resolution censuring the lieutenant-governor. Deane simply showed himself a partisan entirely willing to lambaste  McBride by resolutions or otherwise, but  unwilling to hurt the feelings of the lieutenant-governor, who is a Liberal, and the  audience seemed to be aware of it, for he  was not applauded when he retired to his  seat alongside S. S. Taylor, K. C.  John Houston was then called on. He  began by saying the-meeting was not  called by partisans for party purposes. It  wasjcalledfby the mayor of Nelson to tako  action on a question that concerned the  people of Nelson, and it should be so considered. The three gentlemen who had  perceded him liad spoken uot as citizens,  but as partisans. Two were Liberals and  they could not forget that they wero of  that party faith. The other was said to  be a Conservative, of which he had his  doubts. All tln-ee of these gentlemen  wanted to appear to he men of lofty  thought, so lofty that they did not expect  to be'understood by the lowly and illiterate portion of the audience. Oue, S. S.  Taylor, K. C, was a defeated Liberal candidate, and it was just possible that he  was now more lofty in thought and speech  than when, during the campaign, he was  pleading for the labor vote. He was lofty,  but;he was a partisan. ��� He'would condemn McBride, a Conservative, but the  lieutenant-governor, who is a Liberal,  should not beield blarueable for his lofty  action in placing a stigma on a man whom  the people of Nelson have repeatedly honored. Mr. Houston then took up W. A.  Macdonald, K.C, and no man ever got'  such a nice toasting on a platform in British Columbia., The audience fairly yelled  with delight when'the speaker described  the kind of a Conservative Macdonald  was, and showed him to be the kind who  talked Conservative when away from  home, and refused to vote Conservative  when at home. It is safe to say that W.  A. Macdonald did not have the sympathy  of a single man in the audience wheii  Houston got through with him, even from  men, who like himself talk: Conservative  and either vote Liberal or sulk when  things don't come then* way.  Mr. Houston; ther.''took up Mr. Deaue,  who he said, being an editor, should be  more broad-minded than mere lawyers  like Taylor and Macdonald. , An editor  should be able to treat questions from the  standpoint of a disinterested onlooker,  but Deane had miserably failed. He was  a partisan, and could not forget that he  was a mere partisan. ...      . "...  ^Houston, said- thatrthe .people ', of���JS'elson  as a .whole cared hot whether J-McBride  was.a Conservative or whether Joly was  a Liberal; what they cared for was their  rights as citizens. While the lieutenant-  governor had the undoubted right to refuse to take the advice of his chief adviser, ���  he had no right to deprive any citizen of  a political right because of drawing-room  gossip. No official was so high in Canada  to be above criticism for his official acts.  Sir Henri Joly had done an act that no  other lieutenant-governor in Canada had  deemed it wise to do, and he must take  the consequences of his act. If high officials, like Joly, could trample with impunity on the rights of citizens, then the  people of Canada had neither their boasted liberty nor constitutional government,  and least of all did they have what all  Britishers boasted so much of, "British  fail* play."  Mr. Houston concluded his speech by  saying: "I will make my fight in the  Liberal-Conservative party. Were I to  leave that party and join the Liboral  party, I would be classed as a mere self-  seeker. No man in British Columbia is  ^lessaself-seekei-thatrPamr-^I^care^little"  for political life and the rewards that  should come to successful politicians; but  my reputation, and that of the people who  have repeatedly shown their confidence in  mo, is as dear to me as the reputations of  McBride, Green, Tatlow, McPhillips, and  Wilson are to them, aud, by the living  God, I will do my best to oust them from  leadership in tho Conservative party. In  doing so, I will be doing the part}' the  best work a man can do for a party, for if  its leaders are tricky and treacherous it  cannot be successful, or govern wisely if  successful. If the legislature meets, I  will voto'with the party that elected me,  but I will not vote in the party to retain  iu high office such men as Richard McBride, who has proven himself to be lucking in the manly qualities thut the premier must have if the province is to have  stable government."  The applause that was thundered out  when Mr. Houston took his seat was deafening und lusted for fully live minutes.  At this stage of the proceedings S. S.  Tuylor, K. (X, nrose and said that mayor  Rose had uo authority to call n public  meeting to condemn the representative of  the king in the province. Tho mayor in  reply to Mr. Taylor said: "I called this  meeting on being presented with a requisition asking that the meeting be called ;  ���the requisition was signed by a large number., of well-known citizens. My notice  culling the meeting contained no words  either censuring or condemning the lieutenant-governor, as you will see if you  read the notice, Mr. Taylor. I have as  much respect for constituted authority ns  any man iu the audience, and I believe thd  people of this city have the right to express approval or disapproval of the acts  of any official in the laud, be they of high  or of low degree. The wording of the resolutions before this meeting are in my  opinion most temperate; they enter a protest against the action of one oilicial, and  deplore the action of another official.  [Applause.]  The question wns then put by the mayor  and a standing vote had. Those who  stood up ns being opposed to the motion  must have felt lonely. All told, they  numbered less than :)0. out of un audience  of nearly 500, and every one of the 30  were men who have fought Houston iu  civic politics or opposed him at the last  election.  McBride Must Step Down, if  the Liberal-Conservatives  Are to Remain in Power at  Premier. McBride aud the members of his government have  shown themselves to be incapable and trick}' and treacherous,  and it is the duty of the Liberal-Conservative members of the  legislature to meet in conference and compel them to step down.  If the Liberal-Conservative party is to continue in control of the  government of British Columbia, the party must show the peo-..,  pie that only high-minded men are the leaders  to be  kept in  office.    The party has such men, and they are not confined to '  one locality.   .The following named would make ministers acceptable to the party as  an   organization, and  their  ability is -  unquestioned:  F. C. COTTON of Vancouver, premier and minister  of finance.  CH. CLIFFORD of Victoria, chief commissioner of  lands and works.  PRICE ELLISON of Yale, provincial secretary.  W. R. ROSS of East Kootenay, attorney general. , '  ,       THOMAS TAYLOR'of West Kooteuay, minister of      ���'':  mines. ;   . ���,  J. F. GARDEN of Vancouver, president of the council. .     [^  Cotton, Clifford, Ellison, and Garden have all had legislative *  experience, Ross is one of the ablest young lawyers in theproy-^||l  ince, and Taylor certainly  knows  as much about the'miriine^l  industry as the present  minister .of mines.    McBride 'and'this1: Iff I  ministers*-were'��� not: chosen'by the'Conservative party; instead"  they were chosen by lieutenant-governor Joly, a Liberal.    The  Conservative  party cannot hope to preseut a united front with  incapable aud discredited men, like McBride, as leaders.    Were ,  an appeal made to the country tomorrow, the McBride  govern-.  ment would swamp the Liberal-Conservative party.    Turn the  tricky  and  treacherous  incapables  out, so that honorable aricl ���  able men will lead the party.  Lord John Russell says :  "The maxim of the British  Constitution is that the king cannot-act without advisers responsi-  " ble by law."    The lieutenant-governor is the king in  Britisli  Columbia.    The lieuteiiant-goveruor's adviser is  the  premier,  aud premier McBride says that he advised the lieutenant-gover-  nior=that=he^had=as'ke"d=Jo'hn=Hmi^  sponsible ministers. The lieutenant-governor refused to take  the advice of premier McBride, which is an undoubted prerogative and gave his reasons for refusing to take the advice of  his adviser-iu-chief.  Was the reason a valid one, one Such as would be given by a  lieutenant-governor wholl}' free from undue influences? And<  did premier McBride on his advice being unheeded act the part  of an honorable man in not at once tendering his resignation ?  These are questions that concern the people, for the people are  as jealous of their rights as lieutenant-governors are of then-  prerogatives.  Charles James Fox the great English statesman and orator,  who lived from 1749 till 1806, at a public banquet iu London offered a toast whicli King George III. considered a personal insult. The toast was: "Our sovereign, the people." Yet the  king afterwards was compelled to accept Fox as one of his min- -  isters.  If at a session of a legislsture that is dead, a member should  have transgressed any of the rules governing the legislative assembly, and the transgression is overlooked by the members  who were "insulted," surely the lieutenant-governor is stretching his prerogative when he denies the member who trans-  gressed the right to take the part Fox's sovereign (the people)  says he shall take.  The people of Canada, as well as the people of England, have  had to fight for their political rights, and having fought for them  they cau be depended ou to guard them even against so mighty  a representative of the crown as the lieutenant-governor of Brit-    -  ish Columbia. 2  The Nelson Tribune  Bank of Mont?ea  Established 1817.    Incorporated by Act of Parliament.  CAPITAL (all paid up) $13,379,240.00  REST     9,000,000.00  UNDIVIDED  PROFITS        724,807.75  Head   Office,   Montreal  KT.  HON.  LORD ST'lATH-ONA AND  .MOUNT  ROYAL,  G.C.M.G.,   President  HON.  G.  A.   DRU.M.MONP, Vlee-l'residciil.  NELSON BRANCH 'Sti?^���1  K.  S.  CLOUSTON, General Malinger.  A.   H.   BUCHANAN,  Min-iuiier*.  The Canadian Bank of Commerce  With which is amalgamated  The  Bank of British  Columbia  PAID   III'  CAPITAL * 8,700,000  K.KSI-1-VK FUND     3,000,000  'AGGREGATE  UESOUKCKS OVER 78,000,000  Head Office:   Toronto, Ontario  HON. GEO. A. COX, President     II. 15. WALK Ell, General Ma linger  Savings   Bank;   Department  Deposits received und interest allowed  NELSON   BRANCH  BRUCE  HEATHCOTE,  Manager  The Nelson Tribune  Founded in 1892.  THE TRIBUNE COMPANY, LIMITED,  1'IlOl'ltIETOHS.  McDonald Hloek, Baker Street.    Telephone 120.  ADVERTISING KATES. ��� Display advertisements will be inserted in The Nelson Tribune  ut the rule of Two Dollars per inch per month.  Legal Advertisements will be inserted at the rate  of Ten Cents a line for thc first insertion and  Five Cents a line for each additional insertion.  SUBSCRIPTION' HATES.���The Nelson Tribune  -will be mailed foi fl a year, payable in advance,  nnd no subscription will be taken for less than  one year.  Address all communications���  THE TRIBUNE, Nelson. B.C.  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31,  1903  Political parties, like armies, must _e  ,led, and if the leaders ore not able and  resourceful, it is only a question of time  ��� .when they will go down to defeat.   In  "   the past, British Columbia has not been  governed by political parties, and of late  its governments have not been controlled  -  by men able to secure a following sufficiently  large lo either maintain themselves or give the province stable government. ��� *JVhcn  the  last legislature was  "' dissolved, the people and hot the nominal,  . political leaders, decided tp try pai'ty-liue  politics.   Neither of the political /parties  had satisfactory leaders, and the campaign  that ended on October 3rd was fought in  each riding largely on the merits of the  candidates of the respective parties.   The  result   was,    as;   many    predicted    it  would   be, neither  party had  a working*   majority.      The    Liberal-Conservatives, who are in control, of the goveru-  * ment, managed to elect 22 of the 42 mem-  "v bers' of the legislature, which gives them  a majority of one (exclusive of the speaker)  over their opponents/composed of seven-  / teen Liberals, two Socialists, and oue Independent Labor. Although the majority  is small, it was hoped the party would  be able to establish itself so as to gradually bring about what the people wanted���  stable government. Here is where the  people expected the leaders to show their  capacity. Richard McBride, a young  , - 7 lawyer ofNcw Westminster, is premier,  . 'and his colleagues are R. F. Green of  "���'���'Kaslo, A. S. Goodeve of Rossland, R. G.  ���Tatlow of Vancouver, and A. E. McPhillips. of Victoria, all - of whom except  ' .Messrs. Goodeve and McPhillips had been  endorsed by their constituents. McBride,  as premier, is looked on as the real  ���leader-because of-his^positionHFour weeks  have elapsed since the election, and tlie  vacancies in the government have not  been filled by ministers entitled to take  part in the proceedings of, the legislative  assembly, and tlie only effort the government is apparently capable of makiifg is  one to secure scats for the defeated uiiii-  lsteis. Th-rc might be somo excuse for  such action were the defeated ministers  members of n government appealing to  (lie country on its' record. The government had no record, because it came into  o/lice through a fluke a few days before  llio last legislature was dissolved: ?;Have  McBride and his colleagues shown them-  fet'lvcs. capable and resourceful leaders?  Had-thcy accepted tho defeat of Messrs.  Goodeve aud McPhillips and immediately  selected members who were elected to fill  the vacancies, they would have shown  themselves to be at least men of action.  Kouc of the members-elect were without  ambition; but none of them would have  sulked had they not been chosen. The  defeated ministers were uot men of exceptional ability,. one having had  no legislative experience. Tlie members-  elect who looked for preferment were not  without legislative experience and some  of them are rated as having good ability;  but, it appears, that while they were acceptable to their constituents, they are  not acceptable to the individual members  of the government. The premier and his  colleagues could not rise above self; they  could uot understand why their party required them to sink their personal dislikes for the good of the party and of the  province. They have shown themselves  to be small aud petty, and men who aro  small and petty are never successful lead-  ore���even in ward politics. The premier and more than one of his colleagues are not only small and petty,  but   they   are   tricky  and    treacherous,  and trickery and treachery is a poor  foundation on which to build a stable  government or a successful political party.  The Liberal-Conservative party had its  opportunity, but the opportunity appears  to have beeu thrown away through the  incapacity of leaders who were not selected by the party, but by the licutcnaut-  governor. If the party is to regain the  ground lost, the members-elect to the legislature must require 'premier McBride  and his colleagues to,step down aud allow  bigger and truer men to step up. There  may not be many big men among the  members-elect., but surely there is a sufficient number to form a government that  will not with malice and aforethought  try to blacken the character and destroy  the reputation of any member supporting  it. ��� '  Towns like individuals have their ups  and downs. Nelson is not an exception.  It has had a period of depression, and the  indications are that it is to. have a period  of prosperity. The prosperity that is  looked, for will come through the location  here of industries giving employment to  skilled aud unskilled labor, for after all  the prosperity that lasts is based on labor  steadily employed. With sawmills and  machine shops situated at a central point  in Kootenay���and Nelson is Kooteuay's  most central town���other industries will  follow, for industries like individuals naturally gravitate to central and large  towns. By offering inducements for the  location here of industrial enterprises,  mayor Rose and aldermen Irving, Kirkpatriek, Gilker, Selous, Bird and Hamilton have shown the people that they can  be broad guage when the interests of the  city are at stake. With tliree or four industries established others will follow  without inducements. Nelson is on the  eve of a period of prosperity, and it is to  be hoped that the period will be a long  one.   The Political Situation.  Victoria Colonist, 27th: The Times  published an article yesterday on thc political situation which was an agreeable  mixture of malice and misinformation.  It began by omitting certain quotation  marks whicli would have made clear  where what it quoted from the Colonist  ended, aud where its own comment thereon began.   But_���yp_s__o_ld not bejuclined  to rebut thc argument that this was a  mere inadvertence, and that the variation  in the sense of the article was a suflicient  indication of its different sources. It then  went on to give its version of what has  occurred during the last two weeks. In  the first place, it stated that Mr. Houston  presented an ultimatum to the government. This is absolutely untrue. It is  thc interpretation put upon certain facts  for interested purposes of their own by  Liberal partiziins. There is not a word of  truth iu it. We were very sorry tn see  from an interview published iu the Province that Mr. Macdonald, the Liberal  leader, lent his name to this minor. II is  beneath the dignity of the leader of a  pnrtv to repeat street gossip and dignify  it by the name of an "open secret." Any  secret in possession of the Liberal wirepullers of Victoria would indeed be open.  This matter of the ultimatum is a mutter of fact or fiction. It is either true  or untrue. We say that it is mil rue, and  we know what we are talking ahont.  The Liberal press, and thc Liberal leader,  havo giveu currency to the report.  Will they give equal currency to the cou-  t.'adiction?" The Times then went onto  say that after two weeks Mr. McBride  mustered up courage to refuse a port folio  to Mr. Houston. The Times must have  an amazingly poor opinion of Mr. McBride if it thinks it takes the premier two  weeks to make up his mind as to who  shall or shall not enter his cabinet. And  it must have an equally amazingly poor  opinion of Mr. Houston if it thinks ho  would allow himself to be put for two  weeks in an entirely false position iu his  relations with Mr. McBride or any other  man. But then, the Times raised another  point, "whether the lien tenant-governor  or his advisers performed the submerging  act is the question." "If," it goes onto  say, "His Honor intimated to premier McBride that the head of the Conservative  party in British Columbia was not a fit  and proper peison to assist in the councils  from which he (the lieutenant-governor)  takes advice, that was a pretty plain intimation that the whole outfit should pack  up and get out." This does raise a rather  curious question. Mr. John Houston has  three times been elected mayor of the cily  of Nelsou, whoso affairs he managed with  conspicuous honesty, ability, and prudence. He has the trust and confidence  of the people of Nelson in a very marked  degree, as they- have shown by electing  him twice to the legislature by large majorities. Not, only so, but the people of  Kootenay and Yale in general, have been,  during the whole course of the growth of  these countries, profoundly influenced by  tho personality and writings of Mr. Houston, and look up to him as oue of the  really powerful men of Western Canada.  It is "true that he is blunt to the point of  rudeness, and is not devoid of eccentricities. But he belongs to tho same stock  which produced lord Brougham and  Thomas Carlyle, and the features in  which ho resembles them is a part of him.  If tho reputation and honor he enjoys in  the city in which lie lives, and the section from which he hails are not  enough, the Liberal-Couservative party of  Britisli Columbia has not been backward  to recognize his merits. At the last convention of tho party he was, we think  unanimously, elected the president of the  Conservative organization of the province.  Wc should indeed think it remarkable if  that personal predilection, still retained  as a prerogative of the Crown, debarred a  man, three times mayor of his own city,  twice its representative, and president of  tho Conservative Union of the province,  from auy position iu the administration  of the country, however high. Yet upou  personal predilection alone could any such  action of thc Crown be based. Tho Times,  with the'political gaucherie for whicli it  is famous, says that such an actiou would  be an intimation to the McBride government to "pack up arid get out." We have  not come to the day under constitutional  government when a partysreturned with  a clear majority after an appeal to the  country, is receiving any such intimations, and wc do not think that in our  present governor we have a man who  would intimate iu any such fashion that  his advisers should "pack up and get out,"  as the Times so elegantly puts it, or would  base any intimation of the kind upon any  save the strictest constitutional grounds.  What the true inwardness of the facts in  connection with Mr. Houston and a portfolio is we do not know. But this we do  know, that the interpretation placed upon  these facts by the Times is false in every  particular, as we said before. This we do  know, that we trust Mr. McBride and  Mr. Houston to consult the welfare of the  country and then* party in everything,  and we equally trust sir Henri Joly to  consult the dignity of his high office, and  to discharge its functions judiciously and  acceptably.  The Price Was Artifical.  In his report to the United States Geological Survey on the production of copper in 1902, Charles Kirchoff says that tho  copper mining industry of the United  States suffered during 1!)02 from the reaction which followed the unsuccessful attempt during 1001 to maintain' the value  of the metal at an artificial level. "/There-,  lapse which came towards the close of  1901 left many producers pledged to sales  covering a long period,- at low prices, with  the menace of heavy accumulations of  metal over the market. Yet metal productions were heavier during 1902 than it  had been in 1901, because some of the important mines wero worked to full capa.  city and because some of the enlargements  and improvements previously begun became effective during the year. Furthermore a number of new enterprises produced important quantities of metal. Oh  the other hand accidents and labor trouble  cut down the output of some of the larger  undertakings. Unless unforeseen eyeuts  cause widespread or prolonged stoppage of  operations at the mines, Mi-. Kirchoff is of  the opinion that the production of copper  in the United States will be considerably  larger in 1903 than it has ever been. The  Lake Superior district will yield considerably more copper; Arizona is expected to  return a considerably larger product;  Utah may reach a total of 35,000,000  pounds, and Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado,  New Mexico, and the Southern States will  report an increase..  " The consumption of copper in the  United States was enormous in f 902. It  was larger also iu other leading industrial  countries;  As compared with 2('8,78_ long tons in  =l!)0lT-theHotal-production-of"copper-tt-the-  United States in 1902 was'394,-123 long  tons, of whicli the Lake Superior district  prodused 70,175, or 25.9 per cent, Montana, 13S.975 long tons, or 43.8 per cent,  and Arizona 53,547 long tons, or 1S.2 per  cent. This is au increase on tho total  production of 25,041 long tons, or nearly  10 percent, as compared with 1901.  Utah is forging to the front ns one of  the most, important copper states, and it  is notably in the Bingham camp that development has been most rapid.  Only small quantities of copper ore have  been shipped from Alaska to Puget Sound  smelters', but it. is known that large deposits of copper ore exist, the development  of whicli is being seriously taken in hand.  The imports of copper ore in 1902 were  valued at ��7,921,041, ns compared with  ..I4,:i94,(>03 in 1901, and the imports of  copper in bars, ingo's, pigs aud in niaiin-  fiictured forms were valued at $12,804,021,  as compared with .11,820,459 in J901.  The exports of domestic copper in different forms were valued at $40,81 J,729 in  1902, as compared with %;3(i,071,448 in 1901.  The exports from Baltimore, Maryland,  increased from 54,377,355 pounds in 1901  to  103,007,250 pounds in 1902, and from  Thc  tta.th.cona  (formerly lintel I'hair)  B. TOMKINS  The Lending Hotel of the Kootenays  Good Sample Rooms  Special   Kates   lo   Commercial   Men  Stanley ami Victoria Slrcets.  NELSON  Bartlett  House  Josephine St.,  Nelson, Ii. C.  White  Help Only Km ployed  The Uest  Dollar-a-Diiy IFoii.sc  in Xelson  The liar is the Finest  GEO.   W.   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New York the increase was from 138,540,-  loO pounds in 1901 to 2*10,022,515 pounds  in 1902.  Iu the aggregate the reporting mines  had a stock of 155,005,052 pounds of copper on January 1, 1903, as compared with  282,014,297 pounds on January 1,4902, a  decline of over 120,000,000 pounds during  1902.  The estimated consumption in 1902 was  551,088,191 pounds, as compared with 3S2,-  701,014 pounds in J 901. and with -50,891,-  121 pounds in 1900. The average selling  price of lake copper during 1902 was 11.80  cents per pound.  British Labor Unions and Chamberlain.  ;.y It must not be thought that because the  labor union representatives of the Trades  and Labor Congress and the Miners' Federation of Great Britain have both de-,  nounced Mr. Chamberlain's fiscal policy,  they will necessarily carry the mass of  British organized labor-with them. They  will carry much of it, of course, but very  likely not oven half of it. Thus the leaders and representatives of these unionized  bodies are generally more opposed to Conservatism than their members, many of  these leaders hoping to be adopted as  Radical parliamentary candidates, and  quite a few of them lecturing, niean-  while, at times for fees upon LI_eral  platforms. Ou the other hand, hosts of  their followers as industrialists, are Conservative and Unionist working men, aud  there are sonic of the greatest labor union  towns in England, especially in the cotton  spinning, colliery- and engineering districts, in which Conservatism or Liberal  Unionism���which latter Mr. Chamberlain still represents���carries the day. In  fact several hundred thousand organized  labor men in England follow their trade  union leaders in matters industrial, but  are not at all with them in national politics. To this fact Mr. Chamberlain referred recently, stating in proof that whilst  he had always of late years had the Birmingham labor leaders against him, he still  .caiTied-the���votes,.a.s-elections-proved^of=  the mass of their followers in things industrial. In parts of Lancashire also, a  majority of the cotton operatives are Conservatives, though their labor leaders are  usually Liberal and even Radical. Now,  too, Mr. Chamberlain is getting a big  hold on the masses, far more than half of  whom aro not iu the ranks of organized  labor, nnd he is also not without much  sympathy from Socialistic leaders.  Meanwhile, as already promised, the  much noted votes of the Trades Congress,  and the Miner's Federation chiefly mean  that lenders therein who have long had  Radical ambitions and have, in some  eases benefited materially thereby, have  seen no reason to change their former attitude. But, let Mr. Chamberlain's propaganda penetrate, as it seems to be doing, more and more deeply into the British masses, aud rifts will be seen in the  ranks even of the Liberal paid lecturers  Lakeview Hotel  Comer Vernon and Hall Streets,  NELSON, B.C.  BEST DOLLAR-A-DAY HOUSE IN  NELSON  NO CHINESE -EMPLOYED  Attgast Thomas,   Proprietor  Silver King Hotel  BAKEK STREET,  NELSON;  UNDER  OLD   MANAGEMENT  RATES $1.00 PER DAY  The Dining Room is unsurpassed and the  lledrooms aro the best in Nelson. The Bur is  steel-id with good Wines, Liquors and Cigars.  and would-be parliamentary candidates  who still dominate the Trades Union Congress and the Miners' Federation. Nor  can either of these bodies in any case  "carry the country" or even their own  followers with them en masse, for they  have during many years been passing  resolutions in favor of tho extremist legislation of a Socialist type, yet never succeeded in electing more than a handful of  members of parliament in support of their  policy.         '  Rebuilding Railways.  The railway between Nelson and Rob-  sou has been practically rebuilt, and it  will soon bo as fine a piece of road as there  is in Canada. Rebuilding railways is  going on in many places besides British  Columbia, as the following shows:  Recently published facts relating to tho  betterment of the Southern Pacific under  the direction of president Harriman make  interesting reading to everybody that  rides on railroads. Within three yours  Jj**S6,70y,938 is said to have been spent in  improvements on the Southern Pacific  and Union Pacific alone. On tho entire  Harriman system the enormous sum of  $104,_-8,309 has been expended. The Salt  Lake cutoff alone cost $4,000,000. By it  one hundred and three miles of old and  crooked track is replaced with a line of  forty-four miles, straight across the lake.  Engineering difficulties innumerable were  encountered and overcome, and now only  nine-tenths of a mile of track remains to  bo constructed. New bridges elsewhex-e  have been built, light rails have been replaced by heavy ones, curves have been  transformed into straight tracks, grades  have been reduced or abolished, and fifty-  three new stations have been built. Sixty  million tons of new steel have been used  during three years in bridge-building and  track-laying. As to rolling stock, hundreds of new passenger coaches of the  best type have been purchased, and 15,010  freight cars have been added. The striking statement is made that if the cars  were strung together, they would make a  train 128 miles long, while 337 costly new-  locomotives would make a line four miles  long. Another interesting move is the  conversion of nearly 500 locomotives into  oil-burners and the employment of oil on  tracks to make thorn dust-ess. It is planned to oil the entire trackage in sandy  regions. The construction of several new  tunnels, the building of new machine-  shops, the introduction of the block system on part of the track, and the extensive advertising of California are notable  features of the Harriman regime. But  what will strike the busy man most is the  statement that, when the new cutoff is  finished the travel time between San  Francisco and Chicago will be reduced  seven hours.  -=    "Discreditable Disclosures."   .  The Revelstoke Mail (Liberal) states  that the Liberal-Conservatives carried Nelson by using $5500 in gold eagles sent by  men in Spokane who are applying for licenses to prospect for coal and oil in East  Kootenay. The Mail has been misinformed as to the amount sent and the value of  the coins. The amount sent was $5000, not  |5500, aud the coins were double eagles,  not single eagles. The Mail article is as  follows:  "It turns out it was the Spokane grafters who have located the Crow's Nest  coal and oil lands that returned John  Houston for Nelson. John pledged himself to have those locations granted to the  locators, and as the locations have been  made mostly on behalf of Spokane people,  and probably the Great Northern Railway Company, these people poured American gold into Nelson for Houston's election. $5500 in American eagles is stated  to have come in for distribution on behalf  of John, who boasts he is a "practical politician." Though so disrated in the Conservative party that not even a telegram  of congratulation was sent him from Victoria he appears to have been able to go  tliere and hold up premier McBride and  the whole Conservative party to give him  n portfolio that he cannot fill with any  safety to the interests of the people in  view of his statement that he favored giving away the richest assets of the province  to his friends. It is high time that this  kind of practical politican was a back  Jnumber^in=British=,Columbia.=The-dis-  closures regarding this affair are discreditable to the Conservative party, and must  break up that party ere long."  Queen's Hotel  Baker Street, Nelson. B. C.  Lighted by Electricity aud  Heated by Hot Air  Lnrgc nnd Comfortahlo Bedrooms nnd First-  class Pining Room. Sample Rooms for Commercial Men.  RATES |2 PER DAY  MRS. E. C. CLARKE, Proprietress  Madden House  THOMAS MADDEN  PROPRIETOR  Centrally Located  Electric Lighte  HEADQUARTERS FOR TOURISTS AND  OLD TIMERS  Baker and Ward Streets  Nelson B. C,  T*emont House  European nnd American Plan  Meals 25 cts.   Rooms from 25 cts. to $1.  Only White Help Employed.  MALONE   &  TREGILLUS  Baker St., Nelson Proprietors  QTVI-TlirT-r    ���  ���    Tockett Cigar Co's j Monogram  ^ITIVSJ-Vfi    *  ���   Union Lafccj CigafS j Margaerite  George E. Tcckett's Cigarettes  { Karnack  Only Union-Made Cigarette in Canada    (    T.  <fe  B��  w. j. McMillan & co.  WHOLESALE  GROCERS  Agents for British Columbia. Vancouver,   B.C.  Starkey & Co.  Wholesale Provisions  Produce and Fruits  R. A. Rogers ��& Co., Ld., Winnipeg  Representing   ^ IV. K. Fairbank Co.,     -      Montreal  Simcoe Canning Co.,     -     Simcoe  Office and  Warehouse,  Josephine  Street  -Velsori,  B. C  Cash   Advanced   on   Consignments  Jacob Green & Co.  Auctioneers,  Appraisers,  Valuators  General   Commission Agents  Corner of Baker and Josephine Street.  NELSON, B. O:  P. Burns & Cd.  Wholesale  and   Retail  Meat  Merchants  Mead  Office and Cold Storage  Plant  at Nelson.  BRANCH MARKETS at Kaslo, Ymlr, Sandon, Silverton, Revelstoke, New Denver, Cascade, Trail,  Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, 1'hoenix, Itosslund. **!ocan City, Moyie, Cranbrook.  Fernie and Macleod.  NELSON BRANCH MARKET,   BURNS BLOCK,   BAKER  STREET  Orders by mail to any Branch will receive promt>t and careful attention.  West Kootenay Butcher Company  Fresh and Salted Meats.   Fish and Poultry in Season.  ORDERS BY MAIL leeeive prompt  and careful attention.  E. C. TRAVES, Manager,  K.W.C. Block, Nelson  P  ROSSER'S  Second Hand Store  and China Hall  New and Second Hand Goods of every description bought and sold. See our Crockery-and  Glassware.  WESTERN CANADIAN EMPLOYMENT  AGENCY  OooJs  Rented  "First-dust*  Warehouse  For Storage  Baker Street, West,  Next to C.l'.R. Ticket Ollice  Phone 2filA I'.O. Box 588  NEARING HIS FINISH  Aguinaldo Is right now. He has got enough!  There are mniiv people in this town that know  when they have had enough of poor laundry  work ou their linen, and they turn to us for relief. It is a pleasure to a man to see the exquisite color und finish that we have put on Ills shirt  collars and cuffs when sent out from this laun-  Kootenay Steam Laundry  830 Water St.  Telephone 14��  NELSON  STEAM  LAUNDRY  Work done hy hand or machine, and on short  notice. Delivery wagon calls for and. delivers  work every day in thc week.  Blankets, Flannels, Curtains, etc., a specialty.  Dyeing and Cleaning also done. Outside orders  promptly attended to.  PAUL INIPOU, Proprietor.    P.O. Box -*S  FOR SALE  magnificent Imperial Edition de Luxe, Rid-  ,'s ���'lUst,,ry.of Universal LUerraU.re,o o�� vol..  A  path  Morocco.   At a bargain  FOR^ALE  Improved Rancli in Lardo  Valley for sale. Address E.  R, Vipond, Trout Lake, B. C.  Drink  THORPE'S  LITHIA  WATER  Every small bolt: ��� contains five grains  of Lithia Carbonate  REISTERER & C2  BREWERS  OP  LAGER BEER AND PORTER      *  Put up In Packnges to Suit the Trade  Brewery and Office: Latimer Street, Nelson, B C.  Certificate of= Improvements.,  NOTICE.  The Alhambra Fractional Mineral Claim, situate in the Nelson Mining Division of West Kootenay District. Where located: On the west slope  of Ciold Hill, on Eagle creek.  Take notice, thatl, Peter Edmond Wilson, Free  Miner's Certificate No. H8U757, as agent for John  F. Swedherg, Free Miner's Certificate No. 58282,  intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to apply  to the mining recorder for n certificate of improvement, for the purpose of obtaining a crown  grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificates of improvements.  Dated this lUth day of September, A.D. 1903.  P. E. WILSON.  Certificate  of Improvements.  NOTICE.  R and Land Corinthian mineral claims, situate in the Coat River mining division of West  Kooteiiar district. Where located: On the east  side of Kootenay hike, at the mouth of Crawford  hay.  Take Notice that I, John McLatchie, acting a.s  agent for C. O. Major, oilicial admin (stridor  (trustee of the estate of it. D. Munro), Luzetla  Field, free miner's certificate No. B-I82I7, ami  Charles M. Field, free miner's certificate N<>;  B-18'2-111, intend, sixtv days from the date hereof,  lo apply ty the mining recorder for cet'tiflcntes  of Improvements, for the purpose of obtaining  crown grants to Ihe above claims.  And further take notice that action, under section 37, must he commenced before the issuance  of such certificates of improvements.  Dated tills ���1th dav of September, A.D. 1903.  JOHN McLATCHIE.  Certificate of Improvements.  NOTICE.  "Agness" mineral claim, situate In the Nelson  mining division of West Kootenay district.  Where located: Near the Arlington Mine, Erie.  Take Notice that I, John D. Anderson, 1'. L. S;,  of Trail, B.C., agent for AVilliam Connolly, free  miner's certilicale No. B5831-, and Edward  Wttlshc, free miner's certificate No. B75-199, intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to apply  to the mining recorder for a certificate of improvements, for the purpose of obtain ing a crown  grant to the above claim.  And further take notice that action, under  section 37, must be commenced before the issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this'2nd day of September, A.D. 1903.  J. I). ANDERSON.  TIMBER NOTICE.  Notice is hereby giveii that thirty days from  date I intend to apply to the honorable the chief  commissioner of lands and works at Victoria, B.  C, for a special timber license to cut and carry  away timber from the following described land :  Commencing at a post marked M.E.K southeast corner post, situated on the west side of Slocan lake, said post Is planted on the line of Alex .  McKay's west boundary line, thence west 80  chains, thence north 80 chains, tlience east 80  chains, thence south 80 chains to place of commencement, containing'MO acres.  Dated, Sept. 22, 1903. M. b. KOCH The Nelson Tribune  The Great Northern Mines. Ltd.   S  A Consolidation of the Following Gold Properties. ;^g;  ���1W--  ���IM?  ���1H��  ���4M2*  ���  -IMS  *4*-fc*:  ���ims  -&���&���  ���1M?  =$&*  ���IM?  -&&  ���IM?  =$&-  '-���$��������  *$<&���  '-1M?  =&&���  ���IM?  ���*<*���  ���1W?  -4^  ���-HM?-  =$&-*  #$���  ���-1M?.  ���^���fc*  ���IM?  ���IM?'  ������$&���  ���1M?  4M*  :-1M?  *&&  ���IM?  JH*  ���1M?  ���**�����  ���1M?  ���IM?  ���IM?  ���IM?  =$&*  ���IM?  =���$-&-'  ���1W?  ���1W?  ���IM?  ���IM?  ���IM?  v_>&*  =&<$  v_>&*  The Lucky Jack Group:    Poplar Cfeek  The Swede Group :    Poplar Creek  The Oyster-Criterion Group:    Fish River and Pool Creek  The Imperial Group:    Fish River and Pool Creek  The Lade Group:    Gainer Creek  The Strathcona Group:    Silver Cup Mountain  Twenty-One Claims of Valuable Gold Mining Property.  *-_  CAPITAL :   $1,500,000  In Shares of the Par Value of One Dollar  DIRECTORS  W. B. POOL, President of the Ophir-Lad.e Mining Syndicate, Limited, Ferguson.  W. F. COCHRANE, The Cochrane Ranche Co., Ld., Macleod, Alberta.  F. W. GODSAL, Ranche Owner, Cowley, Alberta.  ,T. .7. YOUNG, M.L.A., President, The Herald Co., Ld., Calgary, Alberta....  T. KILPATRICK, Superintendent, C. P. R.,. Revelstoke,, B. C.  E. M. MORGAN, Locator of thejuueky Jack Mine, Poplar, B. C.  .TAMES LADE, Mine Superintendent, Camborne,. B. C.  B. CRILLEY, Assitant Manager Ophir-Lade Mining.   Syndicate, Ld., Ferguson.  HEAD OFFICE "... FERGUSON, B. C.  BRANCH OFFICES  Poplar Creek, B. C, Camborne, -B. C.  BANKERS   ...... Imperial Bank of Canada, Ferguson,  SOLICITOR AND SECRETARY Robert Hodge, Ferguson, B. C.  Tho promoters of the Great Nortlie  feel that tliey are presenting a proposit  of mining, and one in which the few w  allotted to them may well feel that the  est gold mines ever discovered.  Every man who reads has heard of  of the Lucky Jack, at Poplar Creek. T  should have lain for years on a well-fen  dreds of prospectors���even having a rai  at last by the men from whom this Co  It is a case of truth being stranger tha.  The Company's second acquisition;,t  smith and Gold Hill claims, (over 100 a  bigger and richer property. 0.  It is an accepted fact among minin  duce more than two or three great min  three great gold properties, and the Gr  of them.  ni Mines, Limited, have every reason to  ion which stands unique in the history  ho are fortunate enough to have shares  y have an interest in some of the iuch-  the sensation created by the discovery,  hat a claim of such unheard of richness  own line of travel, passed over by hun-  lroad built through it���to be discovered  mpany- bought it, is almost, incredible,  n fiction. ������-.;���-  he Swede Group, comprising the Gold-  cre's), is, in the opinion of many, an even  g men that a camp does not usually pro-  es. In the Poplar Creek camp there are  eat Northern Mines, Limited, qwns_two.  A   CONSOLIDATION  The promoters of this Company ha  famous Nettie L. and Silver Cup mines  experience of nearly ten years mining a  which time they have organized several  able properties, in each case with marke  5 Having acquired several of the mos  British Columbia, the promoters decid  organized company, and place on the m  block of the stock at par.   Hence this  The consolidation includes the folio  described in another part of this pros  ve in the past successfully operated the  in the Lardeau.   They can point,to an  nd prospecting in this district, during  companies, and developed many valu-  d success.  t notable free  milling gold  groups  in  ed to consolidate them in one big, solidly  arket, for a limited time only, a small  prospectus.  wing properties, which  are more fully  pectus:  Gainer  Creek:   Property  No. 1 ���OLIVE MABEL  GOLDENVILLE  -FOUNDATION  AiNNIE ' L.  OPHIR  TWOrAND-A-HALF.  Crown granted; partially developed;  contain rich, free milling and telluride  ore.  FAMOUS  Surveyed for Crown Grant.  Fish   Creek   Properties  No. 2.���OYSTER  CRITERION  MASCOT  GOLD BUG  No. 3.���ROSSLAND  IMPERIAL  BALFOUR  Claims all Crown Granted; developed,  and stamp mill, etc., erected, ready to  mine and pay dividends this year.  Crown Granted and partially developed ; adjoining. above group and Eva  mine.  No. 4.-STRATHCONA.  TRIUNE FRACTION  FefgUSOfl    Property-  Assessments completed' to date.  Poplar Creek  Properties  No. 5.���LUCKY JACK  LUCKY   THREE  LITTLE PHIL  No. 0.���GOLDSMITH  GOLD HILL  Surveyed, and Crown Grants applied  for.  Will  he  Crown  Granted  as  soon  as  possible.  THE   COMPANY'S   POLICY  It is the intention of the Company to actively develop all these valuable properties and sell such of them as they do not wish to mine themselves, either  to outside capitalists or to subsidiary companies to be formed bv the parent  Company, the proceeds going to the shareholders of the Great Northern Mines,  Limited.  Description  of Property-  No. i, embracing seven claims (a claim is about 52 acres) and welL known  throughout the province as the Lade Group, is situated  on   Gaines*  Creek,  14  miles above Ferguson.  A tunnel 112 feet long has been run  of the ore shipped to the smelter gave  Frequent assays of ore from other par  firmed this -high value, running from $  as high as $11,340 to the ton. ,  The property is traversed by a mai  several smaller veins carrying high val  to the rich ores of Cripple Creek, Color  promoters were satisfied from assays, d  gation, that they had a property as rich  account of the distance from transpor  they decided to let it lie until a more co  acquired other gold claims from which  and a shaft sunk on the ore.   Five tons  returns of $1,100 to the ton, in free gold.  ts of the claims have more than con-  200 to ---,200, and from picked samples  n ledge, eight to twelve feet wide, and  ues in free;gpld and telluride,. similar  ado. I In the Lade Group the present  evelopment work and thorough investi-  as any in British Columbia; but on  tation, and the altitude (over 8,000 feet)  nvenient season, and in the meantime  quicker returns could he obtained.  A   Complete  Aline  No. 2, consisting of seven claims, h  Mining Syndicate, and is a gold mine, in  Fish River and Pool Creek, 1500 feet ab  a daily steamboat landing at the head  Ophir-Lade Syndicate has completed, a  tunnels, cross cuts and other, developm  cost of $35,000, installed one of the mos  of machinery in the province, including  milL rock crusher, Frue vanners, air co  Pelton water wheels (300 horse power),  For a description of this property, t  to the report of Mr. A. H. Gracey, mini  At that time Mr. Gracey was Manager of  the reproduction of his report in full, b  idea of this property:  '     GEOLOGY. ,  . "The country rock of the neighborh ood is metamorphic in character, but  may be called in general a talc schist, with probably some chlorite present. A  belt of this formation extends many mil es in an East and West direction, and,  so far, the free gold discoveries in this district are mostly confined to this belt.  VEINS   AND  CHARACTERISTICS.  as been purchased from the Ophir-Lade  full working order. It is situated on  ove.Camborne, and only six miles from  of Arrow Lake. On this property, the  t a cost of about $24,000, 1500 feet of  ent work. It has also, at an approximate  t complete and best constructed outfits  a 10-stamp Fraser & Chalmers' 'quartz  mpressor and drills, aerial tramway, two  assay office, arid all necessary buildings,  he Directors have-pleasure in referring  ng engineer- of Nelson,  made  in 1901.  the Eva mine. Space does not allow  ut the following extracts will give a fair  Exposed on the property at the pre  free gold bearing quartz, which have.b  etc., for considerable distances. The Oy  N. 60 degrees W. and pitches into the m  the horizontal. It has a width, where e  portion of which is solid quartz.  "The Criterion vein (on the Criter  cuts for a distance of about 400 feet.   T  netic), and the surface cuts show a wi  vein is composed of solid quartz, carry  ated at some points with a little iron  assays are of samples carefully taken f  "1. Average chipped across both en  "2. Average ore from bottom of sha  "3. Average chipped  across big cu  "4. Average chipped across cut No  ton.   There are in this cut some rich se  included in sample.  "Selected samples from these cuts g  $2,601.40  per ton.  "A large amount of exceedingly ri  point where the shaft is being sunk.  =i*i=ii^"Irifel-secting^tHis^g6ld---bearing*"qu  iron from 12 inches to 24 inches wide,  and is particularly well defined and re  giye values as follows:  Gold    Silver   Lead   sent time are two well defined veins of  een opened up on the surface by cuts,  ster vein (on the Oyster claim) strikes  ountain at an angle of 57 degrees from  xposed, of   from 8 to 25 feet, a large  ion claim) has been exposed by open  he strike0is due East and West (mag-  dth of vein of from 3 to 17 feet. The  ing its chief values in free gold, associ-  pyrites and galena. The following  rom this vein by myself:  ds at collar of shaft, $18 gold per ton.  ft, $21.60.  t, 17 feet wide, $4.50 per ton.  . 3, 4 feet wide, solid quartz, $3.20 per  ams showing free gold, which are not  ave   assays    running   from   $478.20   to  ch ore has been found, especially at the  artz=vein"=is"a=smallervein'ofigalena-and"  This has been stripped for over 60 feet  gular.    Average  samples  of  this vein    $22.80   25.2 oz.  27.6 per cent.  "Although these veins are not developed to any extent, they are all exceptionally promising, especially the Criterion vein. They are all well defined and  with every appearance of permanency, and warrant a thorough development.  "The facilities for cheap mining and milling are excellent. The veins can  be worked to depths of hundreds of feet from tunnel levels. There is an abundance of timber suitable for all mining purposes on the property, while for  power purposes a record for 300 miners' inches of water has been secured in  Pool Creek at the foot of the mountain."  Immediate   Returns   Expected  -In the course of a few days it is expected that the stamp mill at this  mine will be producing bullion in -sufficient quantity to pay immediate dividends.  Anothef   Good   Property  No. 3. The Imperial, Balfour and Rossland claims, lying on Lexington  mountain, immediately between three working mines, the Eva, the Cholla, the  Oyster-Criterion. There are on the property three well defined quartz ledges,  showing free gold on the surface. A 50-foot tunnel has been run on the Imperial. It is run on the ledge and free gold was encountered throughout tis  entire length.  The large amount of development work done both on the Eva and Oyster-  Criterion had proved that the rich sold values on this mountain continue and  even improve with depth: At the 700-foot level on the Eva, close to the line  of this group, some of the richest nre on the mountain has been struck. The  workings of both of these well known mines are close to the property of the  Great.Northern. The main ledges on the property run into the Oyster-Criterion  ground.  The tramway and air pipe of the Oyster-Criterion run over the property,  and the Eva tramway cuts across one corner.  The whole of Lexington Mountain is a mass of ledges of free milling quartz,  and the Great Northern Company- have every reason to believe they own one  of the richest portions of the hill.  A meeting of the shareholders of the Ophir-Lade Syndicate is being called  to formally ratify the sale of that company's property to the Great Northern.  T*wo   Potential   Claims  No. 4 property consists of the Strathcona full claim, and the Triune fraction, lying on Silver Cup Mountain, near Ferguson, between the Triune and  the Cromwell, both-of which have been proved by extensive work to be rich  in gold. The Triune has shipped a large amount of ore, averaging about $240  to the ton..:��� The Cromwell has made a shipment to the Trail smelter, representing 13 days' work for two men, and yielding as follows:   - -  Gold, 5.76 oz per ton.    Total value (after deducting 5 per cent.) $722.53  Silver, 18.1 oz. per ton.   Total value, (after deducting 5 per cent)       71.24  Smelting charges  $793.07  .   70.22  Net Proceeds $711.55  The  Great Lucky Jack  No. 5. The Lucky Jack has been so  has created such a sensation in mining  ing mining journals,(1that the directors f  further. The group comprises three el  Creek, and with the Lardeau branch of  through it.  No less than seven ledges hay.e bee  The main ledge, containing the phe  the world, cuts the mountain vertically,  tunnel is now being run at the lowest w  ber 12th it was in 50 feet, and the ore h  values throughout.  Timber, water power, tunnelling sit  economical mining are at hand.  It is interesting to note that the m  placer gold in the sixties and from the  a large quantity of gold was taken ou  to locate the source of the gold.  The company has already taken ste  sary machinery for quickly mining out  verting it into dividends for the share  much talked of since its discovery, and  circles, being described in all the lead-  eel it almost.unnecessary to say much  aims, situated at the mouth of Poplar  the Canadian Pacific Railway running  n discovered on.it, all carrying free gold,  nomenal showing which has astonished  and is from 18 inches to C feet wide. A  orkable point on the ledge. On Septem-  as been found to retain its sensational  es,   and   every  natural ' advantage  for  outh   of  Poplar 'Creek   was  mined   for  amount of work done, it is evident that  t, but.it remained for the present owners  ps to instal a stamp mill and all neces-  the wealth of the Lucky Jack and con-  holders.  Last  But Best  No. 6. Though enough has been sai  most sceptical, there is still better to f  Words fail to describe the phenome  Briefly, ho.wever, it maybe stated.  Goldsmith and Gold Hill, being a conti  higher up on the mountain, thus furni  ing the ledges to be mined to a depth of  There are, as far as known to date  carrying from an ounce to over a hund  and besides this, there are rich deposits  indicated by the__ollowing_cer.Uflcate_g.  Poplar and Trout Lake City, after test  d In the foregoing to satisfy even the  ollow.  nal  richness of the  "Swede"  group,  that it consists of two full claims, the  nuation of the Lucky    Jack and lying  shing better tunnelling sites and enabl-  nearly 2000 feet, without sinking.  , nearly a dozen   ledges on the claims,  red thousand dollars per ton in free gold  of galena and telluride on the claims, as  iven _by_ Mr.J.  McLellan,    assayer,  ot_  ing the ore:  Gold ozs.  per ton.      Value.  Galena,  etc 24.02        $480.40  Telluride ore from the Lucky Jack    and    Swede    groups, assayed  by Mi  McKillop, assayer, of Nelson, gave returns of from $1700 to $G540.  Silver, ozs. Total value  per ton.    Value. per ton.  90.70 $50.79 $531.19  Statements   Accurate  The promoters of this company are  and occupying such positions that the  with any other than  legitimate mining  Every statement in this prospeet.u  ledge of their responsibility as directo  active and legitimate mining for many  gone tomorrow. They expect to stay w  tish Columbia what she is destined to  tries of the world.  In thc expectation of making the G  mining companies on the continent, th  into this consolidation.    Not a single c  The expense of operating and man  especially as the same economical rneth  i/.ed the promoters of the Ophir-Lade a  them  to achieve signal  success  in  the  men  well  known  in Western Canada.  y cannot afford to connect their names  ventures.  s is made advisedly, with a full know-  rs. The promoters have engaged in  years.    They are not. here today and  ith mining, and assist in making Bribe���one of the greatest mining coim-  reat Northern one of the strongest  ey have thrown all their gold properties  laim or interest has been held hack,  agenient will he comparatively small,  ods will prevail which have character-,  nd Nettie L., and which have enabled'  past.  Strictly   Limited  Thc company will under no consideration sell more than one hundred  thousand shares, and the proceeds will be used strictly for development purposes and paying for plant and  machi nery. /  The shares are of the par value of one dollar, and arc offered for a  limited time only at that figure. They are fully paid, non-assessal)le, and  carry no further liability whatever.  Thc directors reserve the right to allot shares according to priority of  application, or in the event of the shares being over subscribed, to allot  them pro rata.  APPLICATION   FOR   SHARES  Application for shares, accompanied by payment in fall, should be made to the Imperial Bank of Canada,  or the Secretary of the Company, Ferguson, B.C.  FERGUSON,   B.C., September 21, 1903. The Nelson Tribune  The J. H. Ashdown Hardware Co., Ltd.  Importers   and   Dealers   in  Slttilf  and   Heavy  HARDWARE  Tinware and  Graniteware  Stoves and  Ranges  BAKER ST.  Fire Brick, Fire Clay, Portland Cement,  T-Rails, Ore Cars, Sheet Steel, Crescent,  Canton and Jessop's Drill Steel : : : : :  INEUSOIN  Honey  PURE?  CALIFORNIA  Honey  In  lib Glass Jars 25c  J. A. IRVING & CO.  Groceries and Provisions  Houston Block, Nelson.  ���  ���  ���  ���  ���  ���  I   Preserving Peaches  X'      We  are  now  receiving regular consignments of the  1   Crawford Freestone Peach direct from Wenatchee. Prices J  I   have touched  rock  bottom  for this season, so do not de- X  t   lay in ordering your supply. ���  1 J. Y. Griffin & Co., Limited, j  I ===== NELSON,   B. C _=== J  ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������  We have just received two large consignments of  yo<p (S^S yo<h 6)o@ ^efflt-Js-p _^f-^<_^_���^_^S^7^2}^%'*^^x  and  Unscented  Domestic and       1 __|C  to   _S 1       Perfumed  w PER   BOX  The best in assortment,and quality ever brought into  the Kootenays. We have a few sample cakes of "Infant's Delight" left, to be given away. The only soap  for the baby.  SEE OUR WINDOW   ,  J. A. Kirkpatriek & Co*, Ltd.  Wholesale and Retail  Groceries, Crockery and Glassware  P.O. Box 495 Aberdeen Block, Nelson Telephone 8    ^  ^>^^^^-'-^^-W^-**-^^^^-^^^'^^^VV'-^-��*'-^-��'^^-'-'-^*-'>-'V**i��*''W,*--VSA*-,>''  Kootenay Coffee Co.  Dealers in  Coffee, Teas, Spices, ~<Bdfcthg, Powder, and  Flavoring Extracts.  OUR GOODS are p"re an<* selected from the best in the various  ������. - ��� lines,   ln order to get the best, please buy from us  direct, and toe gua.ra.ntee satisfaction.   cAddress,  Kootenay Coffee Co.  Telephone 177 NelsOn,   *iB. C. I'. 0. Ilox 182  Carpets, Rugs  We earrv a vcrv large  Slock of  ^     Tlie Latest I'atie  Come and make your choice  Before House Cleaning  Linoleums  |SEE    OUR   GO-CARTS  AU prices.   We can suit you.  D.   Mc ARTHUR   <S_   CO.  Furniture   Dealers   and   Undertakers  c/lrthur Gee  cNIerchant bailor  t HAS ON HANI) HIS STOCK OF  >   Fall  and   Winter Goods  cAs heretofore they are of  the best quality and latest  designs.  Jfremont Block  linker Street  JUST ARRIVED  New Fall Goods  OF TIIK LATEST FASHIONS  Scotch   Tweeds,   Landslide,   Sl-mthcoua  aud Belwsi-p Serges.    A fino line  ol" Puut'iiitf.s of tlie latest styles  Prices to suit the times.  Call and see them.  Jofm SmaHwood  MORLEY & CO.  Wholesale and Ketail  Booksellers and  Stationers  (Artists' Materials  Engineering and Mining  Books  Typewriters  SMimeographs  Photographic Supplies  SMusical Instruments  Morley & Co, Nelson, B.C  THE TOWN AND THE DISTRICT.  Mrs. captain J. C. Gore and daughter  Hazel leave ou touiglit's train for Portland, Oregon, wliew. they will spend throe  mouths visiting relatives.  Harry Wright, M. P. P. for Ymir riding, left Nolson this morning, via tho  Great Northern, for Victoria. His. immediate friends say hr \vas��asked from  Victoria to come down and accept oflice  as chief commissioner oflands and works.  Many of the leading and prominent  sawmillmen of the province were in Nelson on Tuesday and Wednesday of this  week conferring as to the best methods to  adopt to reap tho full rewards from an industry that is, for the first time in many  years, iu a fairly nourishing condition.  All the mills are now in the hands of mon  or companies strong enough financially  to hold their own against all comers.  Bruce Heathcote, manager of the Bank  of Commerce,is hack from a ton-days hunting trip in Alberta. He made his headquarters at Pemberton & Ward's ranch,  ���which is situated iu the foothills, 12 miles  ���west of Nun ton, a station on the OiUgiuy  & McLeod branch of the G. P. E. The  weather was splendid and the shooting  good, but, the game law ot" Alberta deprived Mr. Heathcotc's family and friend-  in Nelson from enjoying such a luscious  delicacy as broiled prairie chicken.  It is rumored that the Strathcona hotel  .(fomicrly the Phair) will change owners,  two well-known Nelson men being the  purchasers, A deal is also pending, which  wheu completed will change thc ownership of the Manhattan saloon and Nelsou  house. The former is to pass to Pitts <fc  Rankiu and the latter to Ink <fe Boyd.  Nelson is on the eve of a period of prosperity, and once the period begins no town  in the province has a brighter prospect.  The flowers that bloom in the fall have  a great deal more to do with the case than  those that bloom in the'spring if only to  disabuse the public mind outside that the  climate of this northern region is on apar  with anything on the continent above the  40th parallel. 0. Jisczkowiz of Fairview  addition exhibited yesterday a couple of  the finest rose blossoms ever seen in Nelson, taken from, a tree evidently quite satisfied with the climatic outlook. Small  evidences, such as this, do more to advertise a country as a place to live in than  tons of stereotyped pamphlet statements  adorned with cut,s obtained mostly from  nurserymen's price lists.  R. Marpole, general superintendent of  of the C. P. it. in British Columbia, who  i.s now inspecting the Kootenay branches  in company with their recently appointed  superintendent, Mr. Busteed, will before  leaving for Vancouver decide as to a winter service on the Lardo branch. It is to  be hoped he will see his way clear to keep  that branch in operation during the winter, for it is most important to all of the  Trout Lake towns and camps that they  have better transportation facilities than  they have had heretofore. Mr. Marpole  can be depended on to do what he believes  to be in the best interest of the country.  The Nelson is Stanch and Safe  In the issue of October 10th, The Tri  buue stated that the steamer Nelson had  been iu" commission thirteen years ciud  for that.reason ..she _ was, not-j_ea\_orthy.._.  This is not a statement of fact. The  steamer Nelson was built during the winter of 1800-1 and she was launched July 1 st,  1891; made an excursion trip on August  7th, and went into commission the next  daj* ou the Nelson-Bonner's Ferry route.  She was built at a point about a mile below Nelson, and her frames were  hewn out of native wood and the  most of the planking used in  her hull wtis furnished by a mill  located ne-ir tlie mouth of Giveout creek  that was run for several years by M. S.  Davys and associates. Although the Nelson lias been in commission for twelve  .years her hull is still in good condition,  much hotter condition than the hulls of  boats half lior age built of timber from  the Coast. Tlie hull of the Kokanee had  to be rebuilt before it was six years old,  because her frames were of wood sawn  at the Coast. Pn.'sengers travelling on  tlie Nelson need have no fear because of  her ago. She is as standi and as safe a  boat as runs on Kootenay lake.  Ward Street  MERCHANT TAILOR  The Fernie Recount.  The attempt E. C. Smith, tlie defeated  Liberal candidate for Forme riding, is  making to have a recount of the ballots  rejected by the returning oflicer has beeu  blocked up to date. The returning officer  forwarded the ballots to the deputy provincial secretary as tlie law directs, and  they are now in that official's custody,  aud he has no authority to show them to  anyone except ou an order from thc  speaker, or from the supreme court, or  from a judge of the supreme court. There  is no speaker, aud the judge applied to  (Mr. justice Irving) has refused to sign  an order. Thc Elections Act, like so  many of the British Columbia Acts, lias  been so often amended that there aro conflicting sections, and even snprcine court  judges do not care to take upon themselves the responsibility of making decisions under them. Thc member-elect for  Fernie riding, W. Ii. Ross, will probablv  hold the scat, and the Liberals will undoubtedly denounce the Liberal-Conservatives for unfairness. Tho chances arc if  the present standing of the parties in the  legislature  were   reversed, the Liberals  I Made  PANTSi  JAT  f J. Ai Gilker's!  ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������  would bo doing just what the Liberal-  Conservatives are doing, that is, trying to  hold on to their majority. That the  Liberals are mbre fair-minded than the  Liberal-Conservatives is" all bosh, as was  clearly shown at tho public meeting held  in the opera house in Nelson on Thursday  night. Partisan Liberals, like S. S. Taylor and F. J. Deaue, denounced McBride  (a Liberal-Conservative) but would not  censure Joly (a Liboral), who were responsible for a piece of political jugglery.  Partisans like W. A Macdonald, who imagines himself a Liberal-Conservative,  were, on the other hand, willing to denounce Joly and absolve McBride. Political parties must be judged by the acts  of the men placed in control. If hickey  and treacherous men are placed in control,  tricky and treacherous methods will always be used instead of methods that are  fair and aboveboard. The trickery and  treachery is not confined to one party, as  the Liberals of British Columbia would  have it appear. That party is,held blame-  able in Ontario for adopting most disreputable tactics to hold (jffico.  On the Winning Side Once More.  The ratepayers of Nelson on Tuesday  voted on two by-laws that required their  approval.' One was to purchase grounds  for a recreation park; the other was to  close up streets so as tomr.ke (ho proposed  park in every way suitable for the purpose intended. Both were carried almost  unanimously, but a report got in. circulation that a certain element in the community were working to bring about their  defeat. Many well-known property owners had forgot all about the election aud  they had to be reminded of their duties.  Charles Augustus Waterman, tho popular  auctioneer, favored the by-laws, and on  hearing that they were being opposed  took off his coat and went to work enthusiastically to round up the forgetful ones.  AVhen it was all over and tho ballots were  counted, Charles Augustus proudly remarked : "By gosh, this is the first time I  have been on the winning side since the  provincial elections in 1!)00."  ==���=������jjo^o____atiolii Made.  The Liberal-Conservative convention for  tho dominion constituency of Yale-Cariboo held at Kamloops on Thursday did  not result in the selection of a candidate  for the coming campaign. An association  for Yale-Cariboo was formed with the foi?  lowing officers: Hon. R. L. Borden, honorary president; O. A. Semlin, Ashcroft,  president; J. R. Mitchell, Kamloops, vice-  president; J. T. Robinson, Kamloops, secretary; Osborne Morris, M. D., Vernon,  treasurer: YV". A. Johnson, H. A. Narra-  way, Cariboo; Donald Graham, J. Dil-  worth, Okanagan; W. Saul, W. A. Aber-  crombie, Lillooet; James Watt, Similkameen; James Kerr, E. G. Warren, Greenwood; G. W. Runibergor, mayor Burrill,  Grand Forks; G.M.Barclay, M. Dru in-  mond, Yale; J. P. Shaw, James Gill,  Kamloops, executive.  What About Nelson ?  Caloakv, October 25.���Tlio quarterly  meeting of the board of trade was held on  Friday. Thc report of the secretary wr.s  a resume of the work done by the board.  It recited the advantages that had accrued  to the city by the reduction of freight  rates on consignments from Calgary  wholesalers to points tributary to this  city. The amount of territory that can  be successfully covered by local business  houses has been greatty increased by this  material reduction in rates. Thosereduc-  tious cany a.s far north as Edmonton and  south and west to Cranbrook and Revelstoke. The report says that the C.P.R. has  joined forces with the Calgary board of  trade to make this the biggest city between Winnipeg and Vancouver.  woroWoiawomW'  6w^W^$^Wg<o("^(c&^cote@W2<^  ^^^^y^v^^^A^^A^vA^^A^vA^^A^vA^vA^  m  R-4JJ-*  o)o(p  Our Linoleums  Have Arrived  Direct From England  IS Patterns  To Select From  See On* Prices  Small Profit and Quick Retorn is Out Motto  Picture Framing a Specialty  The people of this province at the last  election were revived from a political disgust with the hope that it would result in  a government being formed promptly and  settle down to a business basis, which the  province sadly needs.  In place of this, au accidental premier  has, after a month of "deliberations,"  forced upon the province a state of affairs  calculated to creat the impression abroad  that it is about time for British Colambia  to sell its real estate holdings in Victoria  and have its legislation done at headquarters in Ottawa.  Never in the history of the West has  there been witnessed such a congregation  of incapables as is seen at Victoria today.  Premier McBride presents to the public  gaze political incompetency standing out  in leadership by the presence in office of  lieutenants discarded by the electors. .  =^T_iese"Pimlicanrih"arwild"aesi_e"t6"_."old"  on to office, regardless of public interest,  and after having baited one member-elect  for two weeks, have been relieved of the  unpleasantness of having to deny him admission to the government by the timely  aid of the lieuteiiaut-govemor. The  Publicans have joined hands and made it  possible for the Crown Representative to  raise the question of the fitness of John  Houston to become a member of the government now in process of reconstruction.  Underneath all this outward display there  is a current of smug respectability running  against the member-elect from Nelson.  There are some of the inner circle at Victoria who do not want thoir drawing-  rooms marred with clay of the kind of  which John Houston is made. Thoy are  doing everything they possibly can to  keep him on the fringe, and history is not  without recording intriguing on the part  of "social" lenders in order to adjust matters to their liking.  Nor is this social element confined to  the "salons" to whicli the favored few  find an entree. There be others of thc  lower crust who have aspirations, and  who think to favor their cause by shouting "respectability" and hoping thereby  to obtain a smile from the inner circle  where they hope some day to bask.  John Houston has never made pretensions along the social line; he was not  elected'on the grounds of having the qualities that shine at afternoon social functions at Government House. He was  elected by the people of Nelson to represent them in the legislative assembly and  to infuse that busniess acumen into our  local parliament which it sadly needs.  The action of the lieutenant-governor  is stated to be without precedent in Canada. It is to be questioned whether his  honor has any more right to judge oar  member's fitness for the position of minister on the grounds of conduct iu a past  legislature than the people of this community have to condemn him on the score  of wild oats sown years back, of whicli  we have all been guilty. We are not concerned with what was, but what is.  How long will this political harlequinade continue?_JTp tolerate^ this, kind.of  -bufFooh6i*y��isto hiakeRritish Columbia the  laughing stock, not only of Canada, but  of the Empire, and will go far to alienate  financial sympathy whicli might otherwise flow in this direction.  The Publicans must be called dowu and  the people of the province will be satisfied  with nothing less.        F. W. PETTIT.  Nelson, October 38th.  The Publicans and the Sinner.  The political farce' continues at Victoria.  The Publicans in office are thanking the  Higher powers that thoy aro not as other  men are, and the Sinner is back to his  friends wondering if he has not made a  mistake aud come to the wrong planet.  Timothy Hay  First-class Timothy Hay, billed, per ton   dj f A  f.ob. Colville    Wt'T  ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������  1 SUNDAY!  HOURS  :  4 Our store (corner of Baker.X  X and Josephine streets) will j  X be open every Sunday-for. J  X dispensing purposes:���        t  ���  ���  ���  ���  ���  9:30 to 12 o'clock  2:00 to 5 o'clock  7:00 to    9 o'clock  |��anada.DragandBook|  ���  ���  ���  ��� ���  ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������  Company. Limited  *  F. BARMAN, Colville, Wash.  Corporation of the City of Nelson.  Electric Light Rates  Electric light rates for the  mouth of October are now due  and payable at the City Office.  If paid ou or before the 15th  instant, a rebate of 10 per  cent will be allowed.  By order,  D. C. McMORRIS,  October aist, 1903. City Clerk.  Geo. M. Ou nn  Maker of first-class liaml-marlc Hoots and  Shoes. Repairing neatly anil promptly  done.  Satisfaction guaranteed in all work  Ward St. next ncwpostoflice bid Nelson  Brydges, Blakemore & Cameron. Ltd,  K��eal Estate ��"<��  General Agents  Houston Mock, Josephine Street, NELSON, 13. C.  Kootenay Wire Works Co*  If.iimf.i/iliiMiMi      r\C      \f.illi-iiccna       finxdiirC  Job  Printing  We Use Gumption as  well as the best papers  aud inks in the execution of j-our orders���  the}- will uot be uiis-  ^ understood. Quick dis- ^  patch given out-of-town  work.  Mattresses, Springs,  Couches, Uphol-  Manufacturers  of ���  Pillows, Bed Lounges,   -,   stering,   Turning,   Bandsawing,   Grill  Work and other novelties.   Our No. 4  Spring is the best on thc market.   Ask  for it and take no other.  FRONT STREET NELSON,  M. C  LABOR   UNIONS.  NELSON MINERS' UNION, No. all, \V. F. M.~  Meets cverv Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock, in  Miners' Union Hall, northwest corner linker  and Stanley streets. Wage scale for Nelson district: Machine miners, S.'l.oO; hninmersinen,  i-._5j nitne luborcrs, 53. C. A. Barton, president; Frank Phillips, secretary. Visiting brethren cordially invited.  W. H. JONES  Madden llnildliig     NELSON, B.C.  Sewing Machines /Pianos  FOR RENT aud FOR SALE  Old Curiosity Shop,  Josephine Street  Nelson, B. C.  NOTICE  In the inn tier of an application for a duplicate  of a certificate of title lo lot (i, block 8, in Kaslo  Cily (map'W:l.  Notice is hereby given that it i.s my intention  to issue at the expiration of one month from thu  lirst publication hereof a duplicate of the certilicale of title to Ihe above mentioned lot li, block  S, in Kaslo City (map MM), in the names of Thomas  Devlin and Adam Mackay. which certilicale Is  dated the 'A'lrd day of September, 181)2, and numbered 15'lila. II. V MACLEOD,  District Registrar.  Land Registry Offlce,  Nelson, B. C, 1st October, 1U03.

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